When preparing to introduce scripts take a step back and observe the person you will be working with.  Make sure your scripts start off around activities, foods or objects the person is especially fond of or interested in.  This will help to engage your learner and start you off successfully.  You can create scripts using visual prompts this can include: pictures, phrases or a series of pictures, like a comic showing steps of communication.

As a conversation partner do you best to invite interaction by looking at and smiling at the child.  Make sure you model conversational language appropriately: speak naturally, make comments and use an appropriate voice volume.  When the person with autism begins using scripts. respond enthusiastically to language attempts and reward social  interactions with a preferred activity especially if it pairs well with the communication.  For example, if the student says “I like swings” respond with “I like swings too, let’s go swing” and take them to the swing.

For an in-depth look at how to create scripts with students of all learning levels check out “Teaching Conversation to Children with Autism: Scrips and Script Fading.”